Wednesday October 20, 2010 Group Stage: Group B Finished Stade Gerland

Olympique Lyon 2 - 0 Benfica

  • Briand 21’
  • López 51’

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  1. Lyon breeze past Benfica

    Lyon breeze past Benfica

    Lyon maintained their perfect Champions League record with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Group B rivals Benfica at Stade de Gerland. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Olympique Lyon
    • Benfica
    • 90+3 The final whistle is blown. Lyon 2-0 Benfica. An assured performance from the French side.
    • 90+2 Benfica mustering one final attack.
    • 90' Three minutes of injury time to be played at Stade de Gerland.
    • 87' Free kick in a dangerous position for Lyon but Benfica rally in defence and have the ball away in a flash.
    • 85' Lyon passes are being met with 'Oles'. The Stade de Gerland faithful think this one is over.
    • 84' Benfica on the other hand have thrown off the defensive shackles and are mounting a late charge. Surely they have it too late.
    • 82' Lyon finally look to have eased off the gas. The withdrawal of Bastos and Gourcuff will do that to any side.
    • 80' Lisandro leaves the field to a rapturous reception from the home crowd and Bafetimbi Gomis has ten minutes to make his mark on the game.
    • 79' Uncomfortbale moment for Lloris who has been a spectator all night but Benfica are unable to capitalise.
    • 77' Good invention from Coentrao who has carried all of Benfica's threat this half but his one man fight proves fruitless.
    • 75' Final sustitution for Benfica. Carlos Martins is replced by Eduardo Salvio.
    • 73' Fierce tussle between Lisandro and Coentrao sees a free kick go the Benfica man's way.
    • 71' Lyon follow suit and make a substitution of their own. The impressive Gourcuff is taken out of the firing line and Kim Kallstrom is introduced.
    • 70' Substitution for Benfica. Aimar leaves the field and Franco Jara takes his place.
    • 69' A promising Lyon attack comes to nothing as Cissokho hesitates delivering the cross.
    • 68' First contribution from Pied who is hugging the right touchline. The substitute looks for Briand in the penalty area but his cross lacks accuracy.
    • 67' The free kick tricks everybody allowing Roberto to sweep up unopposed.
    • 66' The referee is forced to reach for his top pocket once more as Javi Garcia is penalised for hauling down Gourcuff.
    • 65' Coentrao takes matters into his own hands with a rampaging run from left back and wins his side a corner kick.
    • 64' An impressive hour of football from Bastos who has earned the rest after only recently returning from injury.
    • 62' A tactical swith has seen Bastos switch flanks but only for the briefest of moments as he is withdrawn from the action with Jeremy Pied sent on in his place.
    • 61' Gourcuff it is who steps up and his curling effort draws an awkward save from Fernando who can only parry the ball into the path of Bastos but the Benfica goalkeeper makes a terrific save and the wait for a third goal goes on.
    • 60' Another example of Benfica's physicality as Gourcuff is bundled over. Free kick goes Lyon's way 30 yards from goal.
    • 58' Spectacular effort from Bastos. Gourcuff picks out the Brazilian on the edge of the penalty area direct from a corner and Bastos swings his left boot to great effect and Roberto is forced into a smart save low to his right. Fantastic technique from Bastos.
    • 57' This has the potential to get embarassing for Benfica. Lyon are well on top.
    • 56' An interesting move from Benfica coach Jorge Jesus with a defender taking the place of a striker. Damage control anyone?
    • 55' Substitution for Benfica. Saviola is replaced by Cesar Peixoto.
    • 53' Briand bears down on goal once more and only the intervention of Coentrao prevents the Frenchman from testing Roberto once more.
    • 51' Briand the creator of the goal with a fierce strike that rebounded off the post before picking up the loose ball and squaring for Lisandro who converted at the second time of asking.
    • 50' GOAL FOR LYON! 2-0! Lisandro doubles Lyon's advantage with a simple tap in.
    • 49' Lyon already taking advantage of their numerical advantage in this second half.
    • 47' Lyon immediately catch their opponents napping with a slick move that reults in Briand heading into the arms of Roberto.
    • 46' It is all stations go once more at Stade Gerland with the home side getting the second period underway.
    • 45+1 The referee brings the first half to its conclusion. Lyon deserving of their one goal advantage.
    • 45' One minute of first half injury time top be played.
    • 44' If Benfica's task wasn't hard enough at 1-0 down, it just got a whole lot harder after that needless dismissal.
    • 43' Bastos fancies his chances from the resulting free kick but his effort is high, wide and far from handsome.
    • 42' Another quick counter attack from Lyon and a RED CARD FOR GAITAN! The Argentine receives his second yellow card and is forced to take a walk. Disaster for Benfica.
    • 40' Reveillere is the first Lyon player to be shown the yellow card for a tug on Gaitan.
    • 39' Schalke leading Hapoel 1-0 in tonight's other Group B fixture.
    • 38' Saviola takes a tumble on the edge of the Lyon box but the referee waves play on.
    • 37' Lisandro looks to bully David Luiz once more but the Brazilian stands his ground on this occasion. Good defending.
    • 36' Carlos Martins goes in the referee's notebook for a late challenge in the centre of the pitch.
    • 35' Promising attack from Benfica but once again the final ball is lacking in accuracy allowing Lyon to clear.
    • 34' Silky skill from Bastos. The Brazilian has been a constant threat in this half.
    • 33' Lyon looking solid in defence. Simply no way through for Benfica so far.
    • 32' First booking of the match goes to Benfica's Gaitan for a cynical foul that brings a promising Lyon counter attack to a grinding halt.
    • 30' Sweeping attack from Lyon with Anthony Reveillere, Lisandro and Gourcuff involved but the final ball is overhit and Benfica can breathe again.
    • 29' Lisandro makes light work of marker David Luiz, shrugging off the Brazilian's challenge with ease.
    • 28' The Argentine swings in the set piece himself but fails to beat the first man.
    • 27' Aimar wins a corner kick for his side.
    • 26' That is Jimmy Briand's first goal of the competition.
    • 25' Briand is penalised for a heavy challenge on Aimar who needs minimal persuading to hit the deck.
    • 24' But Lyon aren't finished. Briand again the danger man but he fails to match his previous effort, striking wide from 18 yards.
    • 23' A return to relative calm then with Benfica perhaps fortunate to only be one goal behind at this stage.
    • 22' Lyon with a spring in their step after registering the opening goal. Benfica are having to ride a French storm at the minute.
    • 21' GOAL FOR LYON! 1-0! Minutes after hitting the post Bastos finds himself in a good position but opts for the cross this time and Briand is on the end of it to head past Roberto.
    • 20' Bastos rattles the woodwork with a well struck shot.
    • 18' Benfica's David Luiz does his best impression of Rory Delap with an almighty throw in which causes minor panic in the Lyon box before Hugo Lloris takes charge.
    • 17' Pablo Aimar finds half a yard of space on the edge of the Lyon penalty area and attempts the shot but drags his effort wide of the target.
    • 16' Lyon have enjoyed 55% of possession so far in this match.
    • 15 Heavy collision leaves both Fabio Coentrao and Miralem Pjanic sprawled on the turf but both are back on their feet after treatment and look ready to continue.
    • 14' Half chance for Benfica as Javier Saviola picks out Alan Kardec but the Brazilian heads wide.
    • 13' Cris and Nicolas Gaitan square up after the Benfica man takes an acrobatic tumble.
    • 12' Lyon look to hit Benfica on the counter attack but Jimmy Briand hesitates as he approaches the penalty area and concedes possession with Bastos in acres of space.
    • 11' Crunching tackle from Diakhate sends Pablo Aimar flying. Great defending.
    • 10' Javier Saviola goes clear on goal but is hauled back by the offside flag.
    • 9' Lisandro has the Benfica defence backtracking but opts to turn back on to his right foot and loses momentum with ball trickling into the arms of Roberto.
    • 8' Lyon enjoying the majority of possession in the opening exchanges. Benfica chasing shadows at the moment.
    • 7' First shot of the game comes from the left boot of Gourcuff but his 20 yard strike fails to trouble Roberto.
    • 5' Expansive football on display already from the home side. Pape Diakhate getting in on the act with a crafty turn.
    • 4' Neat link up between Michel Bastos and Gourcuff on the left wing for Lyon but Benfica have sufficient numbers in defence to nullify the threat.
    • 3' Yoann Gourcuff looks to release Lisandro but the Argentine striker is adjudged to have been in an offside position.
    • 2' Early scare for Benfica as David Luiz attempts a casual back pass that almost catches his goalkeeper Roberto cold.
    • 1' Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco of spain gets proceedings underway in this Group B fixture. Benfica kick off kitted out in red jerseys, white shorts, red socks.
    • 19:40 So we are ready to go at Stade Gerland. Will Lyon be able to maintain their perfect record so far in this competition or will Benfica spoil the French party?
    • 19:35 This is the fourth time Lyon have won their opening two Champions League Group Stage matches and on each of the other three occasions they have finished second in the group.
    • 19:30 Only one team has scored more than one goal against Lyon in their last 14 Champions League matches (Bayern – three in April 2010).
    • 19:25 Lyon have committed fewer fouls than any other team in the Champions League, just 18.
    • 19:20 Benfica have won eight of their 18 matches in European competition against French opposition, including their last away trip in March 2010 against Marseille in the Europa League.
    • 19:15 Lyon have only won three of their 13 games in Europe against Portuguese opposition.
    • 19:10 and now for the visitors, Benfica: Roberto, M. Pereira, Luisão, David Luiz, F. Coentrão, Javi Garcia, N. Gaitán, C. Martins, P. Aimar, J. Saviola, Alan Kardec
    • 19:05 Tonight's starting line ups starting with our hosts, Lyon: H. Lloris, A. Réveillère, Cris, P. Diakhaté, A. Cissokho, M. Gonalons, Y. Gourcuff, J. Briand, M. Pjanic, M. Bastos, L. López
    • 19:00 Lyon welcome Benfica to the Stade de Gerland in Champions League Group B on Matchday 3.
  • Summary

    • 61' Gourcuff it is who steps up and his curling effort draws an awkward save from Fernando who can only parry the ball into the path of Bastos but the Benfica goalkeeper makes a terrific save and the wait for a third goal goes on.
    • 58' Spectacular effort from Bastos. Gourcuff picks out the Brazilian on the edge of the penalty area direct from a corner and Bastos swings his left boot to great effect and Roberto is forced into a smart save low to his right. Fantastic technique from Bastos.
    • 53' Briand bears down on goal once more and only the intervention of Coentrao prevents the Frenchman from testing Roberto once more.
    • 50' GOAL FOR LYON! 2-0! Lisandro doubles Lyon's advantage with a simple tap in.
    • 47' Lyon immediately catch their opponents napping with a slick move that reults in Briand heading into the arms of Roberto.
    • 42' Another quick counter attack from Lyon and a RED CARD FOR GAITAN! The Argentine receives his second yellow card and is forced to take a walk. Disaster for Benfica.
    • 21' GOAL FOR LYON! 1-0! Minutes after hitting the post Bastos finds himself in a good position but opts for the cross this time and Briand is on the end of it to head past Roberto.
    • 20' Bastos rattles the woodwork with a well struck shot.
    • 7' First shot of the game comes from the left boot of Gourcuff but his 20 yard strike fails to trouble Roberto.

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